The U.S. reggae scene largely comprises rock-infused reggae acts or reggae-inspired rock acts. One of those is Mighty Mystic. His music is a mix of rock, hip-hop and reggae, with emphasis on reggae.
On his second album Concrete World he took me by surprise with his tasty musical cocktail, even though it might not suit fans of the rootsier side of reggae.
Mighty Mystic was born in Jamaica, but currently resides in the U.S. He has a strong and sometimes dramatic voice. He also has a good sense for melodies and catchy hooks. A tune like War (Rumours of War) is memorable to say the least with its militant drumming and infectious chorus. Same goes for the monotonous and powerful Cali Green.
It can also be lightweight, as in the bright lovers tune Happy, or grim and serious, as in the dubstep-influenced The Strength in Me with Michael Charles.
A solid second album with a broad appeal, and a set that has at least kept me interested.